A high-impact winter storm dump snow across the central
& northern Rockies and much of the north-central United States beginning
Tuesday (northern Rockies) and continuing into the weekend (north-central U.S.).
The local National Weather Service offices have issued Winter Storm Watches, Winter Weather Advisories & Winter Storm Warnings for parts of Montana, far northeast Idaho, northern Wyoming, far northwestern Nebraska and western South Dakota for the threat of heavy snow. It is likely additional winter weather alerts (Watches, Advisories & Warnings) will be issued over the next 12-36 hours.
Snow will begin across the northern Rockies on Tuesday before
slowly transitioning south and east on Wednesday into the western North &
South Dakota and much of Wyoming.
The snow will continue spreading south and east on Thursday
into much of Colorado, far northwestern Kansas, western Nebraska and advance
into the central Dakotas. The Denver Metro will see its first snow of the
season with accumulations likely.
By late Thursday night into Friday, it is possible light
snow may extend as far south as northeast New Mexico and the Oklahoma &
Texas Panhandles (rain/snow mix). Continuing through Friday into Saturday, the
snow will advance into eastern North & South Dakota, Minnesota and western
Moderate to heavy accumulations are likely for much of the northern & central Rockies as well as north-central parts of the United States. It is too early to determine specific snow amounts but travel issues can be expected from Colorado north into Wyoming and Montana as well as into the Dakotas. Strong winds will help reduce visibility along with heavy snow for the Dakotas and Minnesota.
Christopher Nunley is Meteorologist on Firsthand Weather, Lecturer in the Department of Geosciences at Mississippi State University (MSU), and a PhD Candidate (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) at MSU. He earned his M.S. in Applied Meteorology at MSU, was an Assistant Cross Country Coach and taught at the University of North Texas, and was a Broadcast Meteorologist at KTEN-TV (just north of Dallas, Texas). Christopher’s main focus lies within teaching and inspiring prospective meteorology students, atmospheric research to further our understanding of atmospheric processes, and forecasting and analyzing extreme weather events to help save lives!